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Karen Simmonds
Founder, Travel Matters
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Joined February 2015
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About me

I am the owner of the travel business Travel Matters, which specialises in arranging bespoke worldwide travel arrangements. The business is in its 21st year of trading. Personal service and client satisfaction are paramount and I am proud of the repeat business and recommendations from returning clients.

I am passionate about building awareness and engagement about how we can travel responsibly and in a sustainable way, sharing good practice with clients as to how their travel choices and decisions can have an positive impact on the communities they visit. I am keen to help the travel industry contribute to conservation and wildlife. I set up a campaign Make Travel Matter which helps travellers understand some of the issues around responsible travel. I have spoken in various primary schools, in partnership with the geography teachers on the subject of being a responsible traveller as well as at a Responsible Business Convention in London. See for further information about the campaign.

What is your favorite travel destination?

South Africa, New Zealand, Corsica oooh, so many beautiful places to choose from

Where do you dream of traveling to?

South America

What was your first travel job?

Tour guiding for Page and Moy Travel through Europe

What do you want to learn more about?

Responsible tourism practices for communications to clients

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Stretches the mind